A 1954 Case in Defense of Black Womanhood
Tear sheet from Courier-Journal microfilm, May 1954. Read more about the case here.

Blogger’s note: This post was originally published in the Courier-Journal on Sept. 28, 2014 and edited by Pam Platt. For the…

When the message reinforces fear
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“If you had a little girl right now, how would you discipline her?” a friend asked me recently. “I don’t…

Two Things about Tipping Points
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Someone asked me the following question in a Facebook comment when I posted this article on the similarities between domestic…

Justifying a faith that supports your oppression
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This inconsistency between black identity and Christianity’s role in the oppression of black people is something I think all black…

Christians, Africans and Me
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At the Emancipation Day parade in Trinidad, something happened that I didn’t expect: Jesus showed up. The truck we had…

Home is where I belong

On Aug. 1, I was marching in the Emancipation Day parade along the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad, the finale of…

The answer to truth is not “shut up”
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Every once in a while, you hear something so offensive that it smacks you like a heat index of 102…

No more apologies for being a woman
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I hate when I think of a snappy comeback three weeks after a discussion ends. That’s happening right now, as…

Public ‘Freedom’ and Private Consciousness
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Do public celebrations commemorating emancipation, heritage and history help to instill a private consciousness in the people of the communities…

Dance Feminism
"Dance the Pique"
Artist: Karin Best. Visit http://fineartamerica.com/art/paintings/trinidad+and+tobago/framed+prints

I spent a portion of my last day at 33 dancing and thinking about the messages in the dance. On…

Feliz Navidad
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This should be a post about masculinity and female sexual expression as observed and/or experienced from the dance floor of…

These are my people, and my people believe in family
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Finally felt that affinity with other African people when I was in Tobago. I looked out into the salt water…

Thug Genius
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Ever notice how it’s the poor, black, unemployed, idle but creative youth who create musical empires? It’s true in Hip-Hop,…

Place, race and rooted research
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Despite the photos I’m posting on Facebook and Twitter, this trip isn’t all, or even 10%, about the beach. It’s…

Tie the heifer, loose the bull: learning gender and family in Trinidad
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I don’t know that the above quote is my favorite new saying, but it definitely stuck out to me and…

Waving the White Flag

I’m officially giving up on the photo voice project. The 12+ steps needed to take content from my phone to…

I don’t blend in after all
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Since I wrote this post, two things have happened: 1. I’ve seen some white people in Trinidad. 2. I’ve been…

Eating Like a Poor Person
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  Update 07/19/2014: Since I’ve given up on trying to upload audio for the photo voice project, I’ve decided to…

An outsider who blends in
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Click here to listen to the music with the above photo Update 07/16/2014: I’m having some technical difficulties with the…

Living as a Black woman in 2014 still a ‘metaphysical dilemma’ (because of housing and police and SCOTUS)
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Update 08/01/2-014: Victory. Read more here. Update 07/22/2014: LMHA is reevaluating. See this article in the Courier-Journal: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/07/21/housing-authority-reviewing-section-experiment/12969879/ Update 07/14/2014:…

At the Intersection: Christianity and feminism need not be mutually exclusive
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  I write about my life of “existing in many spaces at once, holding multiple identities and not quite serving…

What’s Up with the Blog and What’s Next?
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I wrote my first post/essay of the day at about 2:00 in the afternoon on yet another day that I told…

Consciousness as a Form of Resistance
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Last week I had the privilege of attending Freedom Dreams Freedom Now, a conference sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative at…

On Maya and Vincent
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Some context: 1. It’s really late. 10:57 central time. 2. I’m at a social justice conference structured to commemorate the…

The ‘Our’ in #BringBackOurGirls
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During my Fulbright-National Geographic application process (from initial decision to apply to outcome), there were three specific times I seriously…

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